Federer sees off Kyrgios with little fuss

Federer sees off Kyrgios with little fuss

Federer sees off Kyrgios with little fuss

In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios was asked about the shot.

The point of the match, and one of the shots of the tournament, came when Federer blocked Kyrgios' serve to the backhand and the 23-year-old Australian guided a drop shot cross-court toward the photographers' pit. Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, the Australian handed Federer an opening, which he duly took, pouncing on only his second break point of the match to snatch the first set like a thief in the night.

Federer took advantage of a drop in focus from his opponent to secure a second consecutive break to increase his advantage at the start of the second set.

Roger Federer says a stretching forehand victor around the net post that left opponent Nick Kyrgios open-mouthed in disbelief ranks as one of the greatest shots of his career.

"Almost unreal", said Kyrgios, who admired the bit of racquet wizardry with eyes wide open and mouth agape.

"It was definitely one of the more unique ones", Federer said. "Other big shots I remember, with Andy (Roddick), the counter-smash, and of course the between-the-legs here with Novak (Djokovic)".

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The victor of 98 singles titles schooled Kyrgios, showing the brash young player that it takes more than cocksure attitude and a big serve to win a Grand Slam event.

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Kyrgios showed no signs of being a sore loser. Federer, the No. 2 seed, faces 55th-ranked John Millman. Federer then bested the tricky Benoit Paire 7-5 6-4 6-4, in a performance that was more workman-like than it was clinical. As well as Federer neutralized his game, the 6-foot-4 Kyrgios said he might be able to learn something from Saturday.

Federer also cut through Kyrgios' defences easily off the ground, hitting 51 winners and making just 24 unforced errors.

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"I don't know what anything has to do with Madison and my match". All the pressure was off him. On the first three, Kyrgios missed a shot. "When he gets in front, there's not much you can do".

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